Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Take California: Repubblica Italiano
Here's a thought about the recent, Daniel Issa financed recall process: Now that we know democratic elections are not sacrosanct in the Golden State, what's to stop the parties from alternating recalls each election? Is this the beginning of a new era of perennial elections, campign hell that never ends? Great, we can now look forward to some wealthy crank calling an election Mulligan every 18 months.
Apparently, this loophole -- long overlooked in California politics -- has effectively replaced representative government with a '70s era, Italian parliment. In Italy, the ruling coalition would dissolve parliment after few months or so, and have a brand new elections. What fun.
Living in NY, I really don't have much of a view as to who wins or loses in California; But I was surprised to learn that anyone willing to spend $1.5 million to pay professional petitioners to stand in Target and Wal-mart parking lots could undo a democratic election.
Take California. Please.
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